LG Electronics (LG) unveiled the new G8XThinQ G series smartphone, along with a more advanced LG Dual Screen, at IFA 2019 in Berlin.
The first LG Dual Screen, introduced at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, established an innovative form factor and a new level of on-the-go multitasking excellence. For the new version, LG sought out consumer feedback and implemented a number of improvements including an additional 2.1-inch Cover Display. This handy extra display lets users check the time, date, battery charge, notifications and other useful information without opening the Dual Screen.
Additionally, while the first Dual Screen offered viewing from two different angles, the new Dual Screen adopts a new 360 Freestop Hinge to allow for viewing at any angle, just like a laptop.
LG's newest G series smartphone shares the identical 6.4-inch display of LG Dual Screen. An in-display fingerprint sensor can be used to lock and unlock the phone, even with the Dual Screen folded back. While automatic adjustment of a smartphone display's brightness using sensors is nothing new, in the G8XThinQ, an ambient light sensor also adjusts the contrast to maximize image details and reduce eye strain. The phone's front-facing camera sits within an unobtrusive Waterdrop lens cutout, letting users appreciate the 6.4-inch FullVision display to the maximum.
The G8XThinQ sports a 32MP front shooter with a 1.6μm sensor, and Reflector Mode for ensuring clearer, sharper portraits even in dark environments - users can adjust the lighting colour to match their mood or preference. AI Action Shot in recognizes and compensates for movement with a shutter speed of 1/480 of a second to keep subjects fully in focus; ideal for taking memorable shots of kids or pets playing.
4K Time Lapse lets users create artistic slow-motion videos in 4K resolution while LG Steady Cam provides enhanced image stability for footage that looks more polished and professional. Available for the first time, switching between front and rear cameras while recording video is possible with LG G8XThinQ.
Two 1.2W speakers deliver balanced stereo sound, while it also has a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC tuned by Meridian. On the recording end, the G8XThinQ features a microphone which is automatically turned up when capturing video to ensure that sounds are recorded in detail for ASMR recordings.
Connecting the phone to the Dual Screen is now achieved via USB instead of Pogo Pins for a sleeker, cleaner looking phone when used without the case. The improved user interface (LG UX 9.0) has a cleaner design, refreshed icons, and tabs such as Dial, Call logs, and Contacts moving to the bottom of the display so that users can get even more done with only one hand.
"LG Dual Screen is now a proven form factor, highly regarded for its practicality and the world of multitasking possibilities it opens up," says Brian Kwon, President of LG's Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies. "We'll continue to expand the LG Dual Screen ecosystem through strategic partnerships and upgrade our innovation in meaningful ways to bring consumers a differentiated user experience."
LG G8XThinQ and upgraded LG Dual Screen will be available in key markets in the fourth quarter. From September 6-11, visitors to IFA 2019 can be the first to experience the new LG G8XThinQ and LG Dual Screen for themselves in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin.